SHORT CUTS: Actress Avoids Jail Time

Posted: 12/10/2007 01:40 PM EST

Posted Dec. 10, 2007 -- Vivica Fox has backtracked on her original not-guilty plea and agreed to plead no contest to a misdemeanor count of driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit of .08. In exchange, she will receive three years probation and must attend a 90-day alcohol education program. She must also pay a $390 fine, said city attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped a charge of misdemeanor driving under the influence, which carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail. The 43-year-old former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant was pulled over in California's San Fernando Valley after her 2007 Cadillac Escalade sped past a California Highway Patrol car, according to a CHP report. She failed a series of sobriety tests, the report said.

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